Posts Tagged ‘Leki’

Charley says VIDEO! Leki – Get Over

May 16, 2012

Last time Leki was getting ready to release an album she still had The Sweet Mints by her side. ‘Love Me Another Day‘, the lead single from their eponymous album, was all smiles and handclaps ahoy. With a shiny, glossy production from King Of Sweden (who’s actually Finnish, if I remember correctly) the project was one of 2009’s most joyful things in music. Why do I mention this? Well, because the theme of her fascinating new single ‘Get Over‘ couldn’t be further away from that.

For years now Leki has been involved in the Nanda charity. She’s set out to finish the hospital her father once started building in their native country of Congo. Whereas her previous Nanda single, ‘Peculiar Places‘, embodied hopefulness, ‘Get Over‘ faces the demons of the dark time she went through after a recent charity trip to Africa. In Leki’s own words: “To find my inner peace I first needed to reignite the spark to that inner fire! One of my personal mantras to get me going, get me out of the mental rut, reignite my spark and stir up my inner fire to melt away my bitterness and connect to heart and soul is “Get Over”…”

It may take a couple of listens to get over the shock of seeing the woman who sang about everybody wanting to be Elvis releasing a track this dark, hard and in your face, but it’s worth sticking around for.

‘Get Over’ by Leki is available on Spotify and iTunes.
More information about Leki’s charity Nanda is available at www.nandavzw.org.

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Charley says VIDEO! Monkey Driven ft. Niko, Ilse & Leki – 2015 Themesong

March 29, 2011

Monkey Driven singing the theme to the JIM show ‘2015 – De Andere Kant Van De Wereld’ with the help of VJs Ilse, Niko (formerly of Nailpin) and Leki (of Leki & The Sweet Mints, solo stuff and all round amazingness).

Just because.

Charley says ARTIST! Yasmina Karraz aka Yazzmin

May 24, 2010

As far as wasted opportunities in Belgian pop go, Yasmina Karraz is a prime example.

Aged 19 Yasmina entered Eurosong 2002 in a bid to represent Belgium in Tallinn. ‘Take This Heart‘ took Flanders by storm. Yasmina was hailed as a new Alicia Keys and despite ending third behind Sergio & The Ladies and Spark her Eurovision entry climbed its way up to number 8 in the charts.

The ballad isn’t up on YouTube, but you can hear a sample of it on the Ultratop website or listen to the full thing on Grooveshark.


Yasmina Karraz – Take This Heart
http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/artist/Yasmina+Karraz/706372

Big things were expected from this young singer. An album was planned and it looked like Yasmina would kickstart the Flemish R&B scene, but then… nothing.

After a couple of years wheels were finally getting set into motion. In 2004 Yasmina provided backing vocals on ‘Same Tears‘, an indie album track by rapper Krewcial. The laidback hiphop tune was an ode to his grandfather who had passed away. Yasmina was also involved with The Incredible Time Machine, singing on their charity single ‘People Have The Power‘.


Krewcial ft. Yasmina Karraz – Same Tears
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFfrDua0G8k

2005 saw the rise of Chocolate Nation, a Flemish R&B collective fronted by Leki, Hadise and record label Mostiko. A new Yasmina song, ‘Song 4 You‘, can be found on a compilation themed around this. The Chocolate Nation album must be nearly impossibe to find these days, but you can hear the song online.

That year also saw the first appearence of the new moniker under which she would be releasing music. As Yazzmin she sang the chorus on ‘No Matter What‘ from Leki’s ‘Warrior Girl‘ album.


Leki ft. Yazzmin – No Matter What
http://tinyurl.com/3xlccow

A full-on Yazzmin launch was planned for 2006, with even a rumoured return to the Eurosong stage. Unfortunately, Yasmina decided to pull the plug on the project for personal reasons.

She hasn’t been in the public eye since.

Shame.

2012 edit: Since posting this blog, some links are no longer working. “Take This Heart” has however been uploaded onto YouTube by some kind soul. Enjoy it while it’s still there!

Charley says VIDEO! D1ce – BoyToy

May 21, 2010

Belgium’s bad boy of R&B is back!

Redwan El Bakkali was one of the singles on Flemish Temptation Island 2009. He had hoped the show would launch him as a popstar, but a stay in prison nipped his music career as D1ce in the bud.

There is a debut song called ‘Hold Up‘ online though. There’s several versions and videos out there, but my favourite is the one below. If I remember correctly it’s produced by Serge Ramaekers.


Hold Up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXxrGr_XMy4

A year later, D1ce is back with ‘BoyToy‘. The video was uploaded a couple of hours ago and it’s good to see a proper slick R&B video coming out of Flanders. We may be responsible for the likes of Hadise and Leki, but the genre still has a lot of catching up to do here.

The song itself fits nicely into the current pop influenced R&B that’s popular around the world these days. I particularly like the start of the chorus which has Redwan pleading “I can be your boytoy, unwrap me in your toy store…”

Charley says SONG! Glamm – Overheated

April 25, 2010

Glamm are basically what LoveShy would have sounded like doing their own version of Cascada’s ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor‘.

Even their backstories read the same. Glamm started out in 2008 as Miss Behave, a girl group put together at the bootcamp stage of Flemish X Factor. Despite being coached by Dutch popstar Do their live show performances of songs like ‘Sway’ failed to impress and Miss Behave were quickly voted out of the competition.

Two of the original five girls left and Miss Behave tried to make things work as a three piece. Despite booking a couple of performances nothing really came of it and when Charly left things seemed to be all over. However, Anke and Leïla weren’t about to give up just yet and reinvented themselves as a brand new duo. Sound familiar?

Things finally seem to be looking up for Flanders’ newest popstars now producers Serge Ramaekers and Laurent Wery have taken it upon themselves to provide the girls with their first smash hit. Serge is the guy who brought us pop gems like Fatty K’s ‘Sophisticated‘ and Laurent Wery just had a couple of hits of his own.

Serge was also the key to finding out why the rap in ‘Overheated‘ sounds so familiar. It had been bugging me for hours since I first heard it. I even dug out some Leki, Kaye Styles and Raw Jawz songs in hope of stumbling upon it. It wasn’t until I was reading through Serge’s credentials that it dawned on me that the rap was copy/pasted from former ‘Temptation Island’ temptress Amina’s one and only single ‘Hey Boy‘! (A song which, by the way, is infinitely better in its Nils Van Zandt Remix form).

In any case, copy/pasted or not, it works. The production on ‘Overheated‘ is tight and even though the girls’ voices are drowned in autotune their recent acoustic performance shows that they do have the talent to back it all up.

If Anke and Leïla go on like this we should be expecting a whole lot more amazing pop from Glamm in the future.

Charley says LIST! Now That’s What I Call 2009!

February 22, 2010

A couple of months ago I compiled my very first end of year list ever. What I did was take my 50 most played songs that were released in 2009, pick out my favourites and rearrange them for the perfect flow. I tried to not go for the usual suspects, so that I’d end up with a list that’s very… me.

You may have seen this list before, but I thought it would make for a perfect first post that indicates what you can expect here in the future.

Enjoy!

YouTube Playlist and an overview of all the songs after the jump!

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